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Late Goal Leads Bowling Green Past Griffs

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 01/06/2013
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Bowling Green scored with 1:32 left in regulation to earn a 3-2 non-conference victory over the Canisius College hockey team on Sunday afternoon. The Griffs are now 6-9-5 on the season, while the Falcons improve to 5-10-5.

"It was a hard-fought battle today in what was pretty much an even game," said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. "I liked our depth and skating and thought we looked very good late in the game. We just need to do a better job of putting away chances and putting away that game earlier."

Junior Kyle Gibbons and sophomore Cody Freeman led the Griffs with two points each, netting a goal and adding an assist.

Junior Tony Capobianco recorded 27 saves for Canisius in net.

After a scoreless opening frame, the Griffs tallied the game's first goal 5:06 into the second. From down low, Gibbons found Freeman open on the back end and the sophomore knocked the puck in on the open net for his second tally of the season.

The Falcons answered back, netting the tying goal with 2:57 left in the second. A tipped pass led to an open shot for Dajon Mingo and he finished for his fourth goal of the season to send the game into the second intermission knotted at one.

Bowling Green then grabbed its first lead of the day 7:42 into the third. On a rush, Brent Tate had his shot from the blue line deflected by a Canisius defender and into the back of the net for the 2-1 advantage.

Canisius rallied and eventually tied the game with five minutes remaining in regulation. Freeman fired a shot on net and the puck trickled on the goal line. Gibbons then dove for the rebound and knocked it in for his sixth goal of the season. Junior Patrick Sullivan also added an assist on the tally.

Bowling Green, however, finished the scoring with just 1:32 remaining in the game. Marc Rodriguez knocked in a rebound for the game-winning tally as the Falcons earned the 3-2 win.

The Griffs held a 34-30 advantage in shots on the afternoon with neither team scoring in one power-play chance. Tommy Burke recorded 32 saves in the winning effort for the Falcons.

Canisius returns to Atlantic Hockey play next weekend, playing at Sacred Heart. The teams begin the series on Friday at 7:05 p.m.

Game Notes: The Griffs finished the non-conference season with a 1-5-3 record ... The Griffs are now 4-20-5 all-time against the CCHA, including a 0-3-1 mark against Bowling Green ... Canisius has lost twice in the last five games when netting the first goal of the game. The Griffs had not lost in their last 22 regular-season games when scoring the opening goal ... Freeman recorded multiple points in a game for the first time in his career.

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